Biography Mahotella Queens (South Africa)

The Mahotella Queens are South Africa's foremost afro-pop singing group. The Queens first sealed their place in the legend of urban South African music in the early 1960"s when they invented Mbaquanga, a strong and explosive potion of various types of traditional music mixed with Marabi (South African jazz) and American r&b, soul and gospel. They soon hit the international stage as heroes of the cultural resistance to Apartheid and as idols to South Africa's black community during the dark years. The Queens are the extra bit of soul that gave this music its unique colour, intimately original yet widely universal.